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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine ANTENNA

      By Yahya Hassan
      WE HAD NO DANISH CHANNELS

      WE HAD AL JAZEERA

      WE HAD AL ARABIYA

      WE HAD NO PLANS

      BECAUSE ALLAH HAD PLANS FOR US

      DAD TOOK ME TO THE MOSQUE DURING THE HOLY MONTH

      EVERY EVENING AFTER DINNER WE PRAYED

      WE PRAYED UNTIL WE COULD NO LONGER STAND

      WE...

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      From Audio Poem of the Day March 2024

      By Isabel Galleymore

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Last Hummingbird of Summer

      By Beth Ann Fennelly
      reveals itself in retrospect. Unlike the first,
      whose March arrival bade you gasp, hands clasped,
      like a child actor instructed to show joy, when the last
      departs for points south, there’s no telling,
      and no tell. Well, so what? You know their cycle.
      In August,...

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine Heroics

      By Julia Alvarez
      We keep coming to this part
      of the story where we’re sad:
      I’ve broken up with my true love
      man after man.
      You've found It;
      Once, It was god.
      Once, revolution
      in the third world. Now, It's love.

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine To Our Land

      By Mahmoud Darwish
      To our land,
      and it is the one near the word of god,
      a ceiling of clouds.
      To our land,
      and it is the one far from the adjectives of nouns,
      the map of absence.
      To our land,

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      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Boley Rodeo

      By Marilyn Nelson
      A collective family myth
      passed down across generations
      takes on the polished gleam of truth,
      and memories become legend.

      The legend of black sod-busters
      on a piece of red soil they own
      in a township of black ranchers.
      Their legendary rodeo.

      grand entry

      Two Stars and Stripes flutter into
      the...

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